LONDON, ON, Feb. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - It is the end of an era. Kingsmill's
department store, an iconic retailer in downtown London for 148 years,
announced today its Going Out of Business Sale will begin on Thursday,
March 6 at 10 a.m.
Starting at 5 p.m. today, February 21, the store will be closed to begin
preparing for the historic sale. There will be drastic storewide price
reductions on all the quality merchandise Kingsmill's has become known
for over its long history. Millions of dollars worth of inventory will
be sold with nothing held back.
"It has been a true privilege to be able to come to work every day and
build relationships with our amazing customers and suppliers," said
store president Tim Kingsmill. "We are looking forward to putting
together one last sale to show our appreciation and say thank you to
everyone for their unwavering support and dedication."
Founded in 1865 as a dry goods store, Kingsmill's has been operating at
its Dundas Street location in downtown London for all of its 148 years
in business. It is one of the few remaining independent, family-owned
and operated department stores in Canada, and after several renovations
and store expansions, currently occupies more than 73,000 square feet
over five separate floors.
Kingsmill announced plans for his retirement in September 2013. The
Going Out of Business Sale will continue as long as inventory levels
allow. When the store's inventory is gone, Kingsmill's will officially
"This is an exciting, yet bittersweet moment," said Kingsmill. "I have
been carefully planning my retirement and this sale marks the
concluding step in those plans. This is the final chapter in the
tremendously successful Kingsmill's story."
Kingsmill's - Store backgrounder
Kingsmill's is one of the oldest, family-owned and operated department
stores in Canada.
In 1865 Thomas Frazer Kingsmill, an Irish immigrant, opened a dry goods
store on Dundas Street in London, Ontario, Canada. The first store was
1,800 square feet. Today, the store occupies more than 73,000 square
feet spread over five separate floors.
The store has burned down and been rebuilt twice during its 148-year
history. The current building, built in 1932, features the original
tin-plated ceilings and hardwood floors. The original pneumatic tube
system is still used to send paperwork and change throughout the store,
and the old-style elevator, complete with operator, continues to help
customers get from floor to floor. These features have survived over
the years in a conscious effort to maintain the character and elegance
of the building.
A true department store, Kingsmill's offers home furnishings, fine china
and collectibles, women's, men's and children's fashions, cosmetics,
linens, gifts, kitchen ware, luggage and much more.
Despite many changes in product offerings over the years, the store's
tradition of service and quality has remained intact. Winner of
Canada's highest retail honour in 2010 - the Canadian Gift and
Tableware Association's Overall Retailer of the Year Award -
Kingsmill's is currently presided over by Timothy Frederick Kingsmill,
fifth-generation of the Kingsmill family and great-great grandson of
Thomas Frazer Kingsmill.
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